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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. All crops began as what?
(a) A native plant
(b) A domesticated plant
(c) A foreign plant
(d) A wild plant species

2. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?
(a) Air-born organisms
(b) Domesticated animals
(c) Contaminated water
(d) Dirt

3. What infectious disease played a role in the European conquest of the Americas?
(a) AIDS
(b) Cancer
(c) Smallpox
(d) Ringworm

4. The idea that there is a sharp divide between nomadic hunter-gatherers and sedentary food producers is what?
(a) Based on historical evidence
(b) True in all areas
(c) A scientific guess
(d) A misconception

5. Why were domesticated plants able to spread from the Fertile Crescent to nearby areas more easily?
(a) Differing amounts of rainfall
(b) Reindeer spread the seeds
(c) They were already adapted to the people's tastes
(d) They were already adapted to the climate

Short Answer Questions

1. Who killed and enslaved the Moriori in the Chatham Islands?

2. Australia was joined together with which other area at the time that humans arrived?

3. Which of the following is a non-food producing specialist?

4. What factor meant that population could grow?

5. People in areas with a head start on food production gained what?

Short Essay Questions

1. The expansion of humans had what effect on the natural world?

2. What advantages did the Fertile Crescent have in domesticating plants?

3. What was the development of humans like before the Great Leap Forward?

4. What does Diamond argue determined when a group would adopt food production?

5. Why do some scholars argue that Europeans expanded and conquered others but China did not?

6. Why was a north-south axis a disadvantage in the domestication of plants?

7. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

8. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

9. Why were Europeans able to conquer Africans according to Diamond?

10. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

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